Welcome to St Germans Group Parish

Your Kingdom come.....Your will be done.
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A quick summary of forthcoming events around the parish and benefice

As we start to prepare for Christmas….start here, it’s lovely!:


Christmas Services

Details are in the list of services on the right. If you’re looking for the special services here are the highlights. All dates are for December:

4th Wednesday  
7.30pm Carols and 9 lessons East Cwll Bach Choir St Germans
19th Thursday  
7.30 Carols and 9 lessons Downderry
24th Tuesday – Christmas Eve  
4pm Christingle & Nativity Sheviock
6pm Christingle Hessenford Church
9pm Christmas Eve Communion Sheviock
11.15pm Midnight Communion Downderry
11.15pm Midnight Communion St Germans
25th Wednesday – Christmas Day  
9.30am Christmas Communion Downderry
29th 1st Sunday of Christmas
9.30am Benefice wide Carol Service with bring and share lunch at the British Legion Tideford


ADVANCE NOTICE: Because of the cold weather, from January 1st until Easter all services normally held at St Germans Priory will be held at St Luke’s, Tideford.



WE EXTEND A SPECIAL WELCOME to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay, confused, filthy rich, comfortable or dirt poor.

We extend a special welcome to wailing babies and excited toddlers.

We welcome you whether you can sing like Pavarotti or just growl quietly to yourself. You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woken up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you are more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been to church since Christmas ten years ago.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you are having problems, are down in the dumps or don’t like ‘organised religion’. (We’re not too keen on it either!)

We offer a welcome to those who think that the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because granny is visiting and wanted to come to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throats as kids or got lost on the coastal path and wound up here by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters ….. and you!


Ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care is an integral part of our church life. If you have any concerns about safeguarding please contact:

In the Parish: Margaret Sylvester-Thorne,  Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator, 01503 230726 (vicarage number, messages will be forwarded)

In the Diocese: Sarah Acraman Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, 01872 274351

Out of Hours for after 5pm and weekends: 01208 251300

In an emergency situation:

Local Authority Children’s Social Care: 0300 123 1116

Local Authority Adult’s Social Care: 0300 1234131

Parish Contacts

Parish Priest: Rev. Canon Lynn Parker – main point of contact for all matters

Parish Wardens: Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

Readers/Licensed Lay Ministers: Richard Laugharne, Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters

For weddings, baptisms, funerals and church services:  Rev. Canon Lynn Parker, David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Children’s work: Rev. Canon Lynn Parker, Evelyn Reed, David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Messy Church: Evelyn Reed

For buildings and general parish enquiries: the Parish Wardens:   Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

For Safeguarding:  Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Pastoral Visitors Team:  Pat Paxton

Parish Giving Scheme:  David Watters

Finances: the Treasurer, Fiona Liddicoat

Electoral Roll: Brenda Daw

Enquiries about individual churches:

Downderry:  Andrew Pidgen

Hessenford: Fran Moore

St Germans: Richard Laugharne

Tideford: Sue Merrick

Deanery Synod Reps:  Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters and Bill Woods

PCC Members for April 2019

Sue Booth, Fiona Bristow, Yvonne Byles, Dawn Couling, Jenny Daniel, Sue Merrick, Fran Moore, Hugh Parker, Andrew Pidgen, Tim Pullin, Evelyn Reed, Rosemary Stevenson


Hire and other info on St Germans Priory Church for events:

The St Germans Priory Trust:   www.stgermanspriory.info

Hire of the Church Hall in Hessenford:   http://www.4clubs.biz/timeslot/hessenford2/


December Thoughts from Rev Lynn

Advent marks the start of the Christian year. It is the four weeks before Christmas, beginning this year on Sunday 1st December. The word Advent comes from the Latin ‘adventus’ which means ‘arrival’ or ‘coming’. This is the time for Christians to prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus and look forward to the time that Jesus will come again.

During Advent there are no flowers decorating the churches, but it is usual to have an Advent Crown or an Advent Wreath. These are made from a circle of evergreen plants like holly and ivy which symbolises God with no beginning or end. The evergreen is a reminder that God does not change, and the holly is also a symbol of the crown of thorns that Jesus wore when he was crucified.  Four candles are fixed round the circle, representing HOPE, PEACE, LOVE, and JOY with another in the middle representing JESUS CHRIST as the light of the world. Each Sunday a candle is lit with the centre one being lit on Christmas Day

Advent is an important time to prepare ourselves to welcome the birth of Jesus and also to think of his coming again. It is a time to pray and reflect on our lives and the lives of others in the world around us.

To help us in our reflections we shall be having two groups meeting through advent. An Advent course at 10.30am in the Methodist Chapel in St Germans on Thursday 28th Nov, and the 5th, 12th and 19th December.    And an Advent group meeting on Monday 2nd, Tuesday 10th, and Tues 17th December at 16 Kimberly Foster Close, Crafthole.

Christmas will be with us soon – please be ready in spirit and mind to receive the blessing that comes with the birth of Jesus.

Every blessing to you and your families in this Christmas Season.            Lynn




~   News and Events in the Parish   ~

Community Lunches

The community lunches take place weekly on Wednesdays at 12 noon in St Nicolas Church, Downderry.

Christmas Community Lunch, Wednesday 18th December

Please sign the sheet in St Nicolas Downderry Church porch by Wed 11th Dec so we can plan for numbers (or call Sandra on 01503 250798).  This is a lovely shared meal celebrating Christmas, so your presence is the most important thing you can bring.  There is no charge: donations are welcome.

Last year we had fabulous support and great company. There were many offers of help. If you would like to bring something along, or want to help prepare /dish or set up please write in the comment column or contact Sandra, then we can plan. Anything from a pint of milk, some butter or peeling parsnips, wiping up, setting the table helps make the day a joint effort but is not obligatory. Most importantly we simply want you to contribute yourself and join us in this celebration of Christmas.

If you know of an infirm member of the community who may need a lift to attend the meal or have a take-away, please let Sandra know.

There will be NO Community Lunch Wed 25th December or 1st January 2020


Coffee Morning  and Soup and Pud Lunches 2020

in aid of Parish Mission and Ministry

 Next lunch – Saturday 11th January

10.30am – 1.30pm

All in the parish and visitors are invited to coffee and lunch (home made soups) and to browse the local group and charity stalls.

No charge! Donations welcome

Charity stalls, delicious cakes and a variety of goods on sale


Pub Theology

A chance to discuss ideas and thoughts about all matter of things theological.

After a short introduction of 5 minutes, the conversation is open.

Meet at The Eliot Arms pub St Germans, 7.30 – 9pm on the fourth Wednesday of every month.

Please note – no meeting in November or December, restart in January.

Topics:       Stages of life: a theological perspective

            For any enquiries or suggestions, ring Richard Laugharne (01503-230333).   All welcome!


Messy Church

meeting in St Germans Methodist Church

changed to the SECOND Saturday of the month for December only – all welcome!

Next session:  14th December 10.30am-12 noon

Messy Church is a form of church for children and adults that involves creativity, celebration and hospitality – it’s fun!

If you’d like to help out please speak to Evelyn or ring her on 01503 230449

Find out more at https://www.messychurch.org.uk/what-messy-church-and-isnt


Events at St Germans Priory Church


9 Lessons and Carols with the East Cornwall Bach Choir

Wednesday 4th December 7.30pm


Other Parish and Benefice Events

St Germans Methodist Church – Advent Retreat

‘Have you Heard The Sound Of Angels’

2nd December 10am – 3.30pm Buckfast Abbey – cost £10

Please phone Steve Gerrard on 01503 230403 for more details and to apply for a place.


Services in our other Benefice Churches for Advent and Christmas

1st                               Advent Sunday

9.30am                        Morning Prayer                                   St Mary’s Church, Sheviock

11.15am                      Morning Prayer (BCP)                        St James the Great Church, Antony

6pm                             Advent Carols                                     St Mary’s Church, Sheviock

8th                                2nd Sunday of Advent

8am                              Communion                                        St James the Great Church, Antony

9.30am                         Communion                                        St Mary’s Church, Sheviock

15th                              3rd Sunday of Advent

9.30am                         Morning Prayer                                   St Mary’s Church, Sheviock

11.15am                       Morning Prayer (BCP)                         St James the Great Church, Antony

22nd                             4th Sunday of Advent

9.30am                         Communion                                        St Mary’s Church, Sheviock

11.15am                       Communion (BCP)                              St James the Great Church, Antony

24th                              Christmas Eve

4pm                              Christingle and Nativity Service          St Mary’s Church, Sheviock

9pm                              Christmas Eve Communion                 St Mary’s Church, Sheviock

25th                              Christmas Day

11.15am                       Christmas Communion                       St James the Great Church, Antony



St Germans Priory Trust

If you would like to volunteer to help the Project in any way please visit our website at www.stgermanspriory.info  and let us know your contact details. Board of Priory Trustees Chair- Richard Laugharne Vice Chair – Fiona Bristow Secretary – Brenda Daw Support Officer – Jo Rimron Ann Demaine Peter Daw Hugh Parker Bob Foulkes.

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Phone 01503 230676 (Rev Lynn Parker – main contact)

The parish address for email is:

parker30@hotmail.com (main contact)

St Germans, Hessenford, Downderry & Tideford services

Please also refer to our “A Church Near You” websites for other information:


4th Wednesday  
7.30pm Carols and 9 lessons
East Cwll Bach Choir
St Germans
5th Thursday  
9.30am Prayer Service Hessenford
8th 2nd Sunday of Advent
9.30am Morning Prayer Hessenford Church Hall
11am Morning Prayer St Germans
3pm Community Carols Sheviock
9th Monday  
9.30am Prayer Service St Germans
5pm Prayer Service Downderry
10th Tuesday  
10am Eucharist Tideford
12th Thursday  
9.30am Prayer Service Hessenford Church Hall
14th Saturday  
10.30am Messy Church St Germans Methodist Church
15th 3rd Sunday of Advent  
9.30am Eucharist Downderry
11am Eucharist St Germans
16th Monday  
9.30am Prayer Service St Germans
5pm Prayer Service Downderry
17th Tuesday  
10am Eucharist Tideford
19th Thursday  
9.30am Prayer Service Hessenford
7.30 Carols and 9 lessons Downderry
22nd 4th Sunday of Advent  
9.30am Morning Prayer Downderry
11am Morning Prayer Tideford
23rd Monday  
9.30am Prayer Service St Germans
5pm Prayer Service Downderry
24th Tuesday – Christmas Eve  
6pm Christingle Hessenford Church
11.15pm Midnight Communion Downderry
11.15pm Midnight Communion St Germans
10am Eucharist Tideford
25th Wednesday – Christmas Day  
9.30am Christmas Communion Downderry
29th 1st Sunday of Christmas  
11am United Carol Service* Tideford

* Followed by bring and share lunch at the British Legion, Tideford

For Hessenford please note: Other than the Christingle Service, all services in December will now be in the Church Hall as is usual this time of year….


THE FOOD BANK – no change to the message – our help is needed

There are collecting boxes in all our four churches – please keep the contributions coming in………..

You will have read in the press that the need is greater than ever – so please keep the contributions coming in.

How can you help the Foodbank?     Currently (end of November) there are the following shortages:


PLEASE – no baked beans, pasta, pasta sauce, soup, teabags or cereals – the Foodbank has PLENTY of these items.

However, money is a continuing issue, and is becoming a common problem throughout all of Cornwall’s Foodbanks.   All are having to react to an increase in demand; and although food is being donated in increasing volumes covering the demand, the costs related to sustaining larger Foodbanks is becoming a challenge. So, a real requirement now is cash. There’s also a need for cash for electricity meters to cook the food provided…..

If you could help through regular donations we would be extremely grateful. Setting up a Standing Order is ideal, but any donation would be wonderful. We can also take donations CAF and Stewardship schemes.

If you can help please contact the Liskeard & Looe Foodbank.

Tel: 07512 011452.

email: liskeard.foodbank@gmail.com

Thank you for your support.

East Wivelshire

The area of the Diocese of Truro area is that of the county of Cornwall including the Isles of Scilly. It was formed on 15 December 1876 from the Archdeaconry of Cornwall in the Diocese of Exeter. It is therefore one of the younger dioceses.

The diocese is divided into two archdeaconries:

Rural deaneries

The names of the older deaneries (before 1875) are based on those of the ancient hundreds though the boundaries do not always correspond. The deaneries created in 1875 in the episcopate of Frederick Temple were Bodmin, Stratton, St Austell, and Carnmarth. These remained unchanged until Carnmarth was divided; later still in the 1980s some alterations of boundaries occurred. Chronological Sequence:

Estwevelsire, 1259; Estwyvelschyre, 1291; Estwevelschire, 1366; Easte, 1672; East, 1847, 1980; East Wivelshire, 1997, 2009.

St Germans Group Parish PCC as from May 2019

Permanent members of the PCC

The Vicar – Rev Canon Lynn Parker

LayChair –  Rosemary Stevenson

Secretary – Evelyn Reed

Treasurer – Fiona Liddicoat

Parish Wardens:

Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

Church Stewards:

Downderry: Andrew Pidgen
Hessenford: Fran Moore
Tideford: Sue Merrick
St Germans: Richard Laugharne

PCC members:

Downderry: Sue Booth, Jenny Daniels   Cashiers:  Tim Pullin
Hessenford: Yvonne Byles,  Dawn Couling.  Cashier:  Fiona Bristow
St Germans: Sue Merrick, Evelyn Reed.   Cashier: Peter Daw
Tideford:  Hugh Parker.  Cashier: Ron Bradley

Deanery Synod Reps:

Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters. Bill Woods